It snowed here yesterday! YAY! Snow days are some of my favorite days! I love snow for its beauty and the slowed pace it brings our life. Here in the DC Metro area snow often means school is closed. What a gift to have an unexpected day to spend time together.
Another reason I love snow days is they’re a great opportunity to bake and/or cook something I might not make regularly. There’s something so comforting about being in the kitchen on a snowy day. Rain and ice were predicted for the afternoon yesterday so I decided we’d make homemade soft pretzels. The recipe is simple to make. And kids love the soft, smooth feel of the dough.
It’s fun to make some unconventional pretzel shapes!
How Kids Can Help Make Homemade Soft Pretzels
As I mentioned in my previous post about cooking with kids (you can read it here), cooking with them doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some
- Measure ingredients
- Put the dough in a bowl to rise
- Punch down the dough once it’s risen
- Cut the dough into pieces before shaping
- Roll out the dough
- Shape the pretzels (we like to make unconventional pretzel shapes!)
- Crack and separate the egg
- Brush the
pretzleswith egg wash before salting them
- Sprinkle the pretzels with salt before they go in the oven
As you can see, it looks like one pretzel didn’t get the egg wash (this is what helps then brown). But no big deal! It still tasted great!
Cooking together creates opportunities for connection, creativity
Cooking provides a great opportunity to teach a little reading, math, science, history and where our food comes from. It also offers children a chance to experience new foods. Kids are more likely to try a new food if they’re involved in the preparation.
I’ve made this recipe for years and when the girls were in preschool I made these at their school with each of their classes. Any recipe that uses yeast provides a great opportunity for a quick science lesson.…